"Simply Better exposes the elephant in the room that educators will not acknowledge -- the enormous accumulation of education research that has had negligible impact on student achievement. ...While reducing all of the research available into 12 items may seem well beyond the possible, the groundwork Goodwin presents in each chapter is straight forward and compelling." - Jim Frenck, School Administrator magazine
About the Author
Bryan Goodwin is Vice President of Communications and Marketing at Mid-continent Research for Education and Learning (McREL), a Denver-based nonprofit education research and development organization. For the past 13 years at McREL, he has been responsible for writing and editing numerous articles, reports, and research briefs, and serves as chief editor of the McREL magazine, Changing Schools
. In 2009, he played a key role in McREL's 40-person effort to review and analyze hundreds of research reports on effective school and district practices into a series of eight in-depth reports, which Mr. Goodwin distilled into the report, Changing the Odds for Student Success: What Matters Most
, which serves as the foundation for this book. In addition to his McREL publications, Mr. Goodwin writes a regular column on "what research says" for ASCD's Educational Leadership
magazine and served as lead author of the book, The Future of Schooling: Educating America in 2020
(Solution Tree Press, 2010). Prior to his work at McREL, he taught high school in St. Croix, U.S. Virgin Islands, and worked as a newspaper reporter in the Virgin Islands and Pennsylvania. He has a Bachelor's degree in English-Professional Writing from Baylor University in Waco, Texas and a Master's degree in Rhetoric and Communications from the University of Virginia in Charlottesville.